May 14, 2012 – 4:22 am

Dave delights with Leonard’s showtunes.

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Grusin Does Bernstein [no label, 2CD]

Live at Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, CA, Sept 19, 1997. Ex FM stereo.

The decade before the world saw the economy tumble and the Naughties brought on storm clouds were happier times. The Monterey Jazz Festival sprung back to life in 1997 to celebrate its 40th anniversary. One of the most delightful moments at the festival was Dave Grusin’s premiere of the release of his album “Dave Grusin Presents West Side Story”.

“It’s funny how this all came together, Monterey’s 40th, the ‘West Side Story’ 40th, almost in a symbiotic fashion,” was how Grusin remarked of the concert then. He had restarted a new record label with N2K and West Side Story was a major release for them. Grusin and Larry Rosen had previously established the GRP (Grusin-Rosen Productions) Record Company but had sold it off for a nice profit.

Grusin was enthusiastic about this show. “Since there were basically two 40th anniversaries, it made a lot of sense to combine them. And we’re going to have a hot band at Monterey - guys from both New York and LA, including Eric Marienthal, Bill Evans, Tom Scott, Jeff Clayton and Arturo Sandoval, with Patti Austin and Jonathan Butler doing the vocals.”

From his continuous onstage patter, you can tell Grusin was proud to have fathered this project. The performances are all solid, veering close to the original recording which is the way showtunes are appreciated. Not a beat out of step.

The show opened with West Side Story’s Something’s Coming. If only he had a crystal ball then, because now we’re all stuck in the Middle East. Meanwhile, enjoy this beautiful show. “I feel pretty, I feel pretty….”
- Professor Red

Thanks to the person who shared this show on Dime.

Picture of Dave Grusin by Elliot Marks, posted at - thanks!

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Disc 1
Track 101. Introduction (917k)
Track 102. Prologue (12.0MB)
Track 103. Grusin’s announcements and Something’s Coming (13.9MB)
Track 104. Grusin’s announcements (5.2MB)
Track 105. The Jet Song [solos by Ronnie Cuber and George Young] (12.9MB)
Track 106. Grusin introduces Jonathan Butler and Maria (10.5MB)
Track 107. Grusin introduces the band and Cool (17.1MB)
Track 108. Grusin introduces Patti Austin (2.2MB)
Track 109. Tonight (6.9MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Grusin’s announcements and I Feel Pretty Pt 1 (8.0MB)
Track 202. I Feel Pretty [continued] (4.9MB)
Track 203. Grusin’s announcements (1.9MB)
Track 204. One Hand, One Heart (7.8MB)
Track 205. Radio announcer and Grusin’s announcements (2.9MB)
Track 206. Somewhere (7.9MB)
Track 207. Grusin’s announcements and America (16.6MB)
Track 208. Grusin’s announcements (1.1MB)

Dave Grusin - conductor, piano
Greg Gisbert, Wayne Bergeron, Byron Stripling, Charlie Davis, Arturo Sandoval - trumpets
Dave Taylor - bass, trombone
Jim Pugh, Keith O’Quinn - trombones
John Clark, Bob Carlisle - french horn
Patti Austin, Jonathan Butler - vocals
Bill Evans - tenor and soprano sax
Eric Marienthal - alto sax, flute
Ernie Watts - tenor sax
George Young - piccolo, flute
Jeff Clayton - oboe
Jack Nimitz - clarinet, bass sax
Tom Scott - alto sax
Ronnie Cuber - baritone sax
Lee Ritenour - guitar
Dave Carpenter - bass
Larry Williams - keyboards
Dave Weckl - drums
Alex Acuna - perc

This is the album released in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the Leonard Bernstein musical that premiered at New York’s Winter Garden Theatre, Sept 26, 1957. “Dave Grusin Presents West Side Story” arrived as a CD and DVD with a 5.1 surround mix. The CD featured the same musicians but had singers Gloria Estefan, Jonathan Butler and Jon Secada. While the DVD is hard-to-find, you can buy the CD here.

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